John Wentz: War and the Will to Survive

wentz1Stark landscapes and dilapidated carnival structures are the backdrops to John Wentz’s haunting oil paintings on the theme of war and self-destruction.  He’s about to go on exhibit at Modern Eden in San Francisco.

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The gas mask appears throughout the imagery in this new series, symbolizing the fear of the unseen and unknown. Like many potent symbols. . . it represents the will to survive amid the dehumanizing effects of war. -Artist statement

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John Wentz is based in the San Francisco Bay Area. His interest in art began at the age of 6 when he discovered Batman and Spiderman comics. After years of copying comics panel by panel he worked in the commercial arts as a muralist, billboard creator and freelance illustrator. After learning to paint by doing airbrushed billboards, Wentz decided to pursue Fine Art and work in oils.

See more on his website, here.

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